The next single is arguably the most Cinerama-style release that the band ever came up with. The title track borders on the epic, taking over 90 seconds of music and sampled dialogue before a very sad, reflective and ultimately depressing vocal about how time and the ageing process impacts on relationships. And just as it took ages for the lyric to begin, there’s as equally a long process involved as the tune continues and stretches out post-vocal, again with the aid of sampled dialogue, right out to almost six and a half minutes.

mp3 : Cinerama – Health and Efficiency

There were two other songs on the CD single, one of which is an original and the other a cover. The original is one of those great long-lost numbers that for many other bands would have made a great 45 or at very least one of the highlights on a much-lauded album. But such was the quality of the output at the time that Cinerama were able to make available only as a b-side….and even then only on the CD single.

mp3 : Cinerama – Swim

The cover is David Gedge coming to accept that he was never going to get the call from the producers to come up with a new theme for the next movie and so he does a top take on one of the best-known Bond songs:-

mp3 : Cinerama – Diamonds Are Forever

The single also came out on 7″ vinyl, but as with the release of the previous Superman single, it offered up something quite different:-

mp3 : Cinerama – Health and Efficiency (version francaise)
mp3 : Cinerama – Lollobrigida (version francaise)

The french versions aren’t the most essential of tracks to have in your collection, but I’m guessing the band would have enjoyed performing them whenever they played in the likes of Paris. It also harked back to the early TWP days when a number of tracks were re-recorded with French lyrics.


One thought on “THE CINERAMA SINGLES (9)

  1. Health And Efficiency isn’t exactly the catchiest of Gedge’s tunes, but it is probably his most ambitious. It proved once and for all that he was no one-trick pony.

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